Saturday, 25 August 2012

Blame the internet

A funny thing is fashion. Shallow depth of field for its own sake, as mentioned in the previous post, is a trope of the internet photo sharing virtual world. The ease with which it is possible to manipulate digital photographs has made it simple to give pictures a 'look'. Here are a few, applied to a shot that would probably pass as a good street photograph in some quarters but misses for me by the split second it took the bloke with the dog to move part way out of the space between the wiggly worms and the man with the flat cap. Still you can always improve a nearly shot on the computer if you want internet photographers to heap praise on your work...

As it's a street photograph it really should be in black and white, with a vignette added for good measure.

I don't think I made the vignette obvious enough.

Prefer it in colour? Perhaps it should be desaturated if it's art, with the blacks darkened for maximum artiness.

Have you ever seen anyone breathing who has skin that colour?

But the subject is so colourful. Lets boost the saturation instead.

Now my eyes hurt.

If I'd pressed the shutter release a split second sooner there'd have been no need to 'improve' the shot. The processing wouldn't have mattered as the content and form would have carried the message on their own.

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